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Onion/allium ID

Posted: 23/12/2016 at 15:56

Most gardeners over this way now try to avoid chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides now as it's better for the environment and the plants.  In the long run, looking after the soil looks after the plants and the planet.   Many products are now banned and unavailable for use by amateur gardeners.

We use plants like nettles to make a "tea" which adds nitrogen and comfrey to make a tea that helps flowering and fruiting.    Just adding these plants to our compost heaps improves fertility whereas chemical salts can kill off natural bacteria and microbes that would otherwise improve soil fertility.

Onion/allium ID

Posted: 23/12/2016 at 15:30

Garden compost is made up of old leaves, weeds, green kitchen waste and maybe crushed eggshells and bits of paper and other, uncooked vegetative matter Vishu.   It helps aerate your planting medium and manages to improve water retention but also drainage.   It's also usually full of helpful microbes which help plants take up nutrients.    

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pet companions

Posted: 23/12/2016 at 13:44

Cosmos kitten likes to check out my Kindle - and swing from it and chew its corners and grab the light.........

Will carry on with cage thing then.  We have the two dog cages and had put the kits in the smaller but have swapped it out for Bonzo's big one.  They always used to sleep in them at night but we moved them to the garage when we put our house on the market last April and let them sleep in the living room.   He always used to dive into his cage when feeling insecure so it'll seem normal for him if he needs it again to hide from kittens.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 23/12/2016 at 13:38

In Jan 2001 we stayed with friend sin Manley Heights.  There was a kookaburra nest outside the guest room window.  Not a lovely dawn chorus.  I could have throttled it!

Glad you're feeling cheered Pdoc.  

Still not feeling Xmassy but I have set up a stereo in the dining room now so we can have music to set the mood if we need it.   Just need to finish the cleaning and put all the candles and last of the decs out.  At this rate, I shouldn't be feeling too twitchy about them all by 12th night.

Glad they've got the Berlin criminal.  So much better than teh expense and publicity of a trial and the costs of prison too.    Finger prints match so it seems they have the right man but what about his accomplices?   

pet companions

Posted: 23/12/2016 at 09:24

Good news Logan.  Must be a relief.

We have been working on kitten and dog bonding now that the babies are over the flu.  No problems with Rasta as she loves kittens tho can be a bit boisterous for Minstrel's comfort.  According to the "experts" we should put the kits in a cage where they can feel safe and get used to doggy smells so last night we tried that again and all was calm so we opened the door to let them wander if they wanted.  

Bonzo (Labrador rescue with a fear of anything new) started trembling with fear and ended up on my lap being cuddled but became agitated when kitties moved too close.  Eventually we put him in the cage while the kittens wandered happily and he relaxed.   We'll repeat the process till he calms down but welcome any suggestions to help him along.    

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 23/12/2016 at 08:46

Dull and grey here again and a light breeze waving the bamboo about a bit.    I'm on my first coffee.  OH kindly put a pot in ages ago but only got as far as the water.  No filter or coffee!   Says he got distracted by dogs.   

A wee errand for me and then more picture hanging, cleaning and decs and then I have to try my first ever buche de Noël.  Possum wants one and neither of us shares OH's enthuiasm for Xmas pud.

I hope everyone is where they want to be.  Roads will be heaving today and lots of trains and stations cancelled or closed tomorrow for engineering.  Brilliant timing.  OH is fetching Possum from the airport at Nantes tomorrow morning.   Fingers crossed please for no strikes or alerts.

LP - I hope daughter and SIL have recovered from yesterday's trials and are all well and at home.

Pat - I hope it's not too hot today and you have a great time with the family.

Clary - OH training - our dogs' paws get washed and dried after a muddy or wet walk before they're allowed indoors!  Saves lots of muddy marks and grit and who knows what else.

I hope all those at the coalface have a good day and a well earned rest this evening.   

Onion/allium ID

Posted: 22/12/2016 at 17:42

IN my Belgian garden aI grew several kinds of ornamental allium and most had broad leaves but the sphaerocephalum had fine leaves like your picture.  You'll know when they flower.

https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/870/i-Allium-sphaerocephalon-i/Details  The descriptions say round heads but mine always had smallish, slightly ovoid flower heads compared to others like Purple Sensation, Christophii and so on.   I think you may need to mix some well rotted garden compost or multi-purpose potting compost in your soil.  See here for general cumtivation advice - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=316 

You should be able to order reliably identifiable and packaged varieties of alliums on the Peter Nyssen website I gave you on the other thread..

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 22/12/2016 at 17:24

Just back from our SM raid and have put it all away including a shoulder of lamb now marinating in garlic, olive oil and rosemary ready for a long, slow cook for Xmas Eve.   One of Possum's favourite meals.

12C and grey as we set off at 2:30 but blue skies and 10C by the time we finished and no horrible hordes tho a few more people than usual.  We even managed a quiet raid on a DIY shop for a new outside extension lead for OH's new toy - a dooberry that projects lights onto the house walls.  No external sockets yet and I don't want to make holes in the rendered walls for screws to attach our usual outside lights.

Now to finish the tree and hang  tapestry in the living room and maybe some other pics - useful for stringing more lights - and then we can start the big clean before the rest of the decs go up.

Love the look of those sausage rolls Dove.  Will have to make some for Boxing Day.

Clari - pork and stuffing sounds good to me.  

I looked for a pork or ham hock so I could do a terrine with pistachios but there were none in today so it'll be a fish terrine with whole prawns down the middle.  

No marrow bones either so doggies are getting a piece of veal with a  marrow bone in the middle for their Xmas treat.    Kittens are still on kitten food and have more than doubled in weight.  Cat flu gone now but i'm still steaming Cosmos once a day as he still sneezes.


Hello Forkers December

Posted: 22/12/2016 at 11:07

Thanks Busy.  Nothing on google for my immediate area so I'll have to ask the neighbours or the Commune.    

It is damp today.  Yesterday's light drizzle turned into steady light rain and it's still drizzling a bit now so I hope the ground is soaking it up.   It's very quiet with no wind so looks set to stay a while.   Good for my garden but not so much for the birds.   Yesterday I put up some bird feeders where I can see them from the kitchen and I already have customers.  

Big shop for us too this pm - the usual groceries plus some treats.   Still not decided what to have for Xmas brunch.  We have dinner in the evening.

Safe journeys to all travelling to friends and family.   Hope the shopping isn't too horrendous for everyone.   Must say working in shops with all that Xmas musak day in day out would drive me bonkers.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 18:13

I can't find any info about refugees here other than a blog from October about a meeting about how they might go about it.  No follow up.  Is yours a parish organisation or a commune one Busy?

We have finally got some rain but it is of the drizzle variety.   Been at it for a couple of hours now so maybe it will penetrate.   We have been drilling holes in walls to hang pics, mirrors and tapestries.  Behind a lot of the plaster board there lurk real stone walls.............   The drill went on strike and refused to let me change bits so we've tidied up for now and got out all the Xmas decs.

Didn't see the Indian railway prog but BBC 2 had one on the advent of the railways in Britain and their effects on national time-keeping, communications and postal deliveries and the development of the wonderful Flying Scotsman to speed up travel between London and Edinburgh.   I love steam trains.

OH bought some Quality Street when we were in Belgium a few weeks ago.  Why?  I bought us a 500g box of Belgian pralines yesterday.   No crisps in this house but there will be mince pies at some point and maybe some biscuits of some sort.

That goose looks good and so do the festive mince pies and biscuits.

Have a good evening everyone.

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